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The origins of MPH go back to 1815 when William Milne, a young missionary, set up a printing press in Malacca. In 1890, the press was relocated to Singapore and a new publishing house, the American Mission Press, was set up with the assistance of Captain W.G. Shellabear, to print Christian literature and, later to reprinting of old Malay classics.
In 1906, it was renamed the Methodist Publishing House from which the acronym MPH was derived.
The company also made history by having survived two world wars and witnessing the independence of both Malaysia and Singapore from the British in 1957 and 1965.
After a succession of owners between 1966 and 2002, MPH Bookstores (Malaysia and Singapore), MPH Distributors (Malaysia and Singapore) and MPH Library Services (Singapore) were bought over by Malaysian businessman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary and MPH became part of his large conglomerate. For the first time, MPH became a wholly Malaysian-owned company. More business activities were added to the group, including the re-establishment of its printing, publishing and magazine arms.
Today, the MPH Group of Companies comprises of four main arms:
MPH Bookstores Malaysia and Singapore
MPH Distributors Malaysia and Singapore
MPH Group Printing
MPH Group Publishing.